Sunday was meant to be title day for Paris Saint-Germain, but despite a wonderful goal from Manchester United and Chelsea target, Edinson Cavani, the Parisians couldn’t get the job done and their 1-1 draw with Sochaux will mean they have to wait a further 10 days before their next chance to seal back-to-back titles for the first time in their history.
The opening goal came after 24 minutes and it was a goal that would be worthy of winning any title in any league. Devoid of any midfield options around him, Thiago Motta looked up and spotted the excellent run from Cavani. The ball was played to perfection: the striker took it on his chest beautifully, teasing the ball in the air before swinging his right-foot through the ball, knocking it between Yohann Pele’s legs.
Sochaux had not read the script though, and with les Lionceaux fighting for their lives at the bottom of Ligue 1, they gave the game everything they had.
Former Zambian coach, Herve Renard, gave his team a rousing half-time team talk and they came out firing in the second-half. Pushing PSG further and further back they attacked in numbers and finally forced the equaliser.
Florian Marange’s cross from the left teased ‘keeper Salvatore Sirigu into a punch attempt, it cannoned off Captain Thiago Silva’s chest and into the back of the net.
In what was a very open game, PSG and Sochaux traded blows and the game could have ended up 5-5 instead of 1-1, but the draw keeps PSG’s title party under wraps, and gives Monaco the slimmest slivers of hope.
Laurent Blanc’s side will now have to wait until a week on Wednesday for their next chance to lift Le Championnat. With Rennes playing against Guingamp in Saturday’s Coupe de France final, the Breton side take on PSG in the Parc des Princes on the 7th of May.
PSG are eight points ahead of Monaco with three games to go. Monaco play against Guingamp on the same day, so both teams will know their fate come Wednesday night. The nerves are beginning to show a little in the Parisian ranks, anything but a win against Rennes could see the last two weeks become very nervy.